Jervis Bay Territory water and wastewater

Update on water infrastructure upgrades for JBT

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications (Department) and Shoalhaven City Council are progressing important upgrades to the water supply system for the Jervis Bay Territory (JBT). The project is currently open for public comment as part of the environmental assessment process.

As announced by the Australian Government in April, works are under way to connect JBT to the neighbouring Shoalhaven City Council water network, with the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) by Shoalhaven forming an important part of the decision-making process for the project.

The REF assesses a range of potential environmental impacts from the proposed project and determines whether it should proceed. It is performed by qualified environmental scientists working closely with local stakeholders, including the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council (WBACC) and Booderee National Park, to help reduce any potential negative impacts from the water infrastructure upgrades on the community and surrounding environment.

The draft REF is open for public exhibition from now until 28 June 2022. All interested local community members are invited and encouraged to comment on the draft, with community input helping inform the finalisation of the REF.

The REF is available for viewing during business hours at Shoalhaven City Council’s Administration Centres at Nowra and Ulladulla, or can be viewed at

All comments and submissions on the REF can be made to the Chief Executive Officer, Shoalhaven City Council, PO Box 42, Nowra 2541, emailed to or faxed to (02) 4422 1816 before close of business on Tuesday 28 June 2022.